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RULES OF 36 STATE COURTS

RULES OF ALL FEDERAL COURT

JUDGMENTS OF FEDERAL COURTS

SUPREME COURT

COURT OF APPEAL

STATE/FCT HIGH COURTS

ABIA STATE HIGH COURT

ABUJA/FCT HIGH COURT

ADAMAWA STATE HIGH COURT

AKWA IBOM STATE HIGH COURT

ANAMBRA STATE HIGH COURT

BAUCHI STATE HIGH COURT

BAYELSA STATE HIGH COURT

BENUE STATE HIGH COURT

BORNO STATE HIGH COURT

CROSS RIVER STATE HIGH COURT

DELTA STATE HIGH COURT

EBONYI STATE HIGH COURT

EDO STATE HIGH COURT

EKITI STATE HIGH COURT

ENUGU STATE HIGH COURT

GOMBE STATE HIGH COURT

IMO STATE HIGH COURT

JIGAWA STATE HIGH COURT

KADUNA STATE HIGH COURT

KANO STATE HIGH COURT

KATSINA STATE HIGH COURT

KEBBI STATE HIGH COURT

KOGI STATE HIGH COURT

KWARA STATE HIGH COURT

LAGOS STATE HIGH COURT

NASARAWA STATE HIGH COURT

NIGER STATE HIGH COURT

OGUN STATE HIGH COURT

ONDO STATE HIGH COURT OR HERE

OSUN STATE HIGH COURT

OYO STATE HIGH COURT

RIVERS STATE HIGH COURT OR HERE

PLATEAU STATE HIGH COURT

SOKOTO STATE HIGH COURT

TARABA STATE HIGH COURT

YOBE STATE HIGH COURT

ZAMFARA STATE HIGH COURT


COURTS OF THE 37 FEDERATING UNITS


Nigeria operates a federal system of government which recognises three arms of government, 37 federating units (36 States and one federal capital territory) as well as 3 levels of government, federal, state and local government.

 

The three arms of government legislature, executive and judiciary - are generally reflected across the 36 States and the Federal capital as well as the 3 levels recognised by the Constitution - Federal, State, Local Government -  with varying degrees of independence.  Instructively, when it comes to the judiciary, the Constitution:

1.     gives only the first two levels federal and state power to establish judicial bodies or tribunals. Local governments in Nigeria have no authority to establish courts or tribunals; and

2.    provides a unified appellate system for all the federating units of the Nigerian federation held together by a single Court of Appeal and Supreme Court which acts as the final judicial authority for the whole federation.

 

Courts constitutionally within the establishment powers of every State government and the Federal Capital Territory include:

i.       High Courts;

ii.       Magistrate Courts;

iii.      Customary/Area/Native/Sharia Courts;

iv.      Customary Court of Appeal;

v.       Sharia Court of Appeal; and

iv.     Specialized tribunals set up by for various purposes like rent, traffic, land disputes etc.

 

Aside from the High Court which is mandated by the Constitution, every State/FCT in Nigeria has the prerogative to decide when and if to establish other types of tribunals under laws pursuant to a law passed for the purpose.  


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